Meghalaya arm wrestlers bring laurels in National Arm wrestling Championship at New Delhi
Shillong, May 27, 2018: Arm wrestlers of the state brought laurels by finishing on the winner's podium in the recently held 41st National Arm wrestling Championship in New Delhi from May 19 to 21. The state's arm wrestlers won four gold, two silver and five bronze medals.
The gold medal winners are Angelis Kharumnuid in the 50 kg category, Ladapbiang Malieh in the 60 kg category – both in the girl's section, Badalin Kharbangar in the women's 55 kg category and Huber Paliar in the 60 kg category of the physically challenged section.
The five silver medal winners were – Margaret Pathaw in the 60 kg women's section and Daniel Nongkhlaw in the men's 55 kg category.
Meanwhile, the bronze medal winners were – Sperean Nongrang in the women's 60 kg category, Mihsngewbha Rymbai in the women's 70 kg category, Jackson Lyngdoh in the men's 60 kg category, Allan S Marbaniang in the men's 80 kg category and Maimai Laloo in the men's 75 kg men's category.
The arms wrestlers of the state under the aegis of the Meghalaya Arm Wrestlers Association (MAWA) rued the lack of government support towards the game.
Speaking to reporters, acting president of MAWA P Lyngdoh Nongrang said that even though arms wrestlers from Meghalaya bring glory to the state year after year the players themselves have to sustain on their own without any assistance from the government.
Nongrang said that the MAWA started to introduce the sport among the youth with holding of inter – college competition since last year but the financial aid from the government is meager.
He said that all along the association and its players have been depending on MLAs and public spirited individuals to foot their expenses.
Moreover, the MAWA informed that in 2019, Meghalaya have been given the rights to host the 43rd National Arm wrestling Championship even as it asked the Meghalaya government to provide financial aid as well as infrastructure for its successful hosting. The association estimated an expense of Rs 40 lakh for hosting the championship.